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Haslam supports anti-abortion amendment

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NASHVILLE (Times Free Press) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he will work this fall to pass a controversial amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that would grant state lawmakers more authority in regulating abortions.

But the Republican governor couldn't say what restrictions he thinks are appropriate for state lawmakers to consider should voters in November approve Amendment 1.

"I don't know," Haslam said. "As I understand it, basically, what it would do is just put [the state's ability to regulate abortion] back to how the law works in the United States, how the federal law works now."

If approved, the amendment would overturn a 2000 state Supreme Court ruling that the Tennessee Constitution provides greater protections on abortion than the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

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